Your Next Lunch Needs This Thai Salad in a Jar
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Your Next Lunch Needs This Thai Salad in a Jar

Given a choice between sandwiches or this Thai beef noodle salad, we’re pretty confident that you’re going to pick the salad (cue shocked face). This salad has it all: layers of fresh crunchy veggies, leftover beef (or any other meat/fish/tofu), slurpy vermicelli noodles and the only spicy Thai salad dressing you’ll ever want to put in your mouth again. Pack it in your handbag, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends come lunchtime.

Ingredients:

Makes 4 15-ounce jars

Dressing:

– 3 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

– 1 tablespoon peanut butter

– 1 tablespoon sriracha

– 2 tablespoons soy sauce

– ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

– 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced

– 2 tablespoons honey

– juice of 1 lime

Salad:

– 2 carrots

– 4 scallions

– 1 yellow bell pepper

– 8 baby plum tomatoes

– 1 cup broccoli, chopped into small florets

– 1 ½ cups cooked vermicelli rice noodles

– ½ pound cooked leftover beef/steak (or any other meat/fish/tofu), cut into small cubes

– small bunch fresh cilantro, roughly torn

– 2 cups mixed spinach, watercress and arugula

– 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds

– 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined.
  2. Peel and spiralize the carrots (or cut into matchstick-size pieces).
  3. Chop the scallions, bell pepper and tomatoes into small pieces.
  4. Take four mason jars and pour in the dressing, followed by the broccoli, noodles, beef, scallions, carrot, cilantro, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, mixed leaves and sesame seeds.
  5. Place a lid on it, and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Make sure you keep the jar upright so the sauce stays at the bottom (this prevents the rest of the salad from getting soggy). You can eat it straight from a jar, but it’s best to pour into a bowl. This ensures the leaves will be at the bottom of the salad and the dressing is at the top.

Place all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined.

Peel and spiralize the carrots (or cut into matchstick-size pieces).

Chop the scallions, bell pepper and tomatoes into small pieces.

Take four mason jars and pour in the dressing, followed by the broccoli, noodles, beef, scallions, carrot, cilantro, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, mixed leaves and sesame seeds. Place a lid on top and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

You’ll be looking forward to tomorrow’s lunch before your head hits the pillow.

What else would you add to your salad? Share your mason jar salad photos with us using the hashtags #britstagram and #iamcreative.